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Movie legend backs Carmona, Romney backs Flake

The race for the Arizona Senate is getting some star-studded attention.

On Wednesday, Oscar winner/environmentalist Robert Redford threw his support behind Democrat Richard Carmona, in a letter asking donors to support the candidate:

“There are only a few days left before Election Day and key races are still locked in a tie — control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance.

“One of the races that can determine whether or not we can continue moving the country forward, or go back to extremist policies is the race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat.

“Winning a seat in Arizona would send a powerful signal across the country. Dr. Richard Carmona remains locked in a heated battle with his GOP opponent in this race — experts say Rich can win it with a strong ground game and an energized Native American and Latino community.

“Just recently, Rich’s opponent called for opening the Grand Canyon and its watershed to uranium mining — he called the watershed “prime mining lands.”

“This dangerous move could pose a risk to the Colorado River — a drinking water source of more than 25 million people in western states and could have long-term negative effects on the park and other natural resources.

“Before spending 12 years in Congress, Rich’s opponent was a former lobbyist and registered foreign agent for an African uranium mining company — a company that is among the world’s largest suppliers of nuclear fuel.”

On the same day, Flake unveiled a 30-second ad featuring Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.